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Woodward to deal with any signings

Louis van Gaal will leave any Manchester United transfer business in the hands of Ed Woodward this weekend.

United are expected to be among the busiest clubs in the market before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Monday.

But Van Gaal will play a very limited role in the comings and goings at the club's training ground in Carrington. Instead, it will be the club's executive vice-chairman who will be negotiating any deals.

"Ed Woodward is doing the transfer market so I don't interfere in that process," the United manager said. "I am not the one who can choose. I am the sportive side, he is in the buying and selling side."

Van Gaal expects to have a new-look squad available to him on Tuesday once all the deals have been completed.


The former Holland coach revealed on Thursday that he has informed those players who he feels are surplus to requirements, but will not force out those on the periphery if they do not want to go, though.

"I gave my opinion and the player can do what he wants with that opinion," he said.

Up to 11 players could depart Old Trafford, chief among them Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez.

Cleverley had a wretched match against Sunderland last weekend and is in talks with Aston Villa over a potential £8million move while Valencia are also said to be interested in the England international.

United are thought to be reluctant to sell Welbeck to a rival English club, while Kagawa and Hernandez have been linked with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus respectively.